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Jiko - The Cooking Place

#18 of 2,904 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
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2901 Osceola Pkwy, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, FL 32830-8410
+1 407-939-3463
17:30 - 22:00
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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167 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wild boar, elk, rabbit, scallops, perch ... great menu. So, your first impression is that this is nice, not overly stated. But, then the menu grabs you. We got the charcuterie, which was amazing. Then, the elk and the scallops. Wow! My 10 year old got the mac and cheese, but ended up eating half of the elk. The little... More 

Thank Hubbynfather
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great food, great quality and service. Ate here twice during our short stay because it was so delicious. Hubby loved the meats. Wish I could get the Malva dessert at home.

Thank seminolefever
Conyers, Georgia
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106 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Jiko continues to deliver great food in a great atmosphere. Situated at the lower level of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, this restaurant features African inspired courses and a wide range of South African wines. They just added Wagayu beef and my wife had it. The flavors exploded in the mouth. I tasted it and would fight someone who would try... More 

1 Thank Rich O
Woodstock, Canada
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Unlike most Disney restaurants the cooking place is quiet ,romantic, and sophisticated. The service was excellent,knowledge,available but not intrusive. That is essential as the menu might need some translation into regular "eating language ". We started with an African bread (interesting) followed by fish for my wife and Peri Peri chicken for me. The fish was pronounced excellent as was... More 

1 Thank Rob M
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hands down if you are in Disney World, just adults (or with adult kids), this is the place you do not want to miss. This food was divine, the server amazing, and the dessert to die for! This is not a 'cheap eats' place and well worth every penny (dollar) spent!!

Thank 750tammyn
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here the last night of our vacation and it was a highlight. We started with a Bread Service appetizer which had several different types of sauces and breads. Delicious. The server convinced us to try the beet salad which was better than I thought since I am usually not a fan of beets. It was mild and had... More 

Thank paul j
Owensboro, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to Jiko multiple times and have greatly enjoyed our meals every time. There is always something new and tasty to try on the menu. The staff is very knowledgeable and have made great suggestions to allow us to fully enjoy our meals. The location within the Animal Kingdom Lodge resort is very unique and interesting to explore.... More 

Thank DarthDad07
Cosby, Tennessee
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491 reviews
400 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 322 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We selected this upscale restaurant for our first night at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We arrived at our reservation time of 18:00 to find the place about 20% full. We were greeted by our server from Morocco, Omar who possessed an excellent professional presence and knowledge. We had a white wine for the wife and a draft beer for myself.... More 

Thank Richard F
Buffalo, Wyoming
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was such a delight that we ate dinner here two nights in a row. The menu is inventive and interesting. Our servers both nights were very attentive. In fact, the first night was so yummy that even our kids (9, 7, and 3) asked to go back. Highly recommend the lamb tagine.

1 Thank KIDzOUTApp
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Jiko is worth the trip to Animal Kingdom Lodge. The food is delicious, has some unusual options, and service is top notch. I started with the cheese board and salad. The cheeses were tasty and well presented, while the salad was fresh and well dressed. My entree was the lamb shank. Overall it was good, but the portion was immense.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 40
African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, FL 32830-8410
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Orlando
  • Phone Number: +1 407-939-3463
  • This restaurant is at Walt Disney World
Jiko – The Cooking Place fuses the bold flavors of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.Twin wood-burning ovens roar and the soothing, warm colors of an African sunset bring energy to this remarkable restaurant. The menu features modern cuisine with an African flair. Delight your palate with dishes that change seasonally, such as braised short ribs, Chermoula-roasted prawns, and Peri Peri roasted chicken, along with conventional favorites. Take a culinary tour of Africa with tantalizing appetizers such as grilled wild boar tenderloin, crispy beef bobotie roll and brick oven-fired flatbreads. Watch the chefs prepare each meal in The Cooking Place, a show kitchen with a rich atmosphere befitting the beauty of this unique restaurant. Jiko also offers 2 tantalizing wine-and-dine experiences: Jiko Wine Dinner Series: Four times a year, Jiko partners with renowned winemakers from South Africa to take you on a culinary journey. The chefs prepare a 6- to 8-course meal carefully designed to complement the unique characteristics of the African terroir. As you dine, the winemakers paint a picture of their vineyards through the taste of their wines—and Jiko's Wine Room transforms into a mixture of flavors, friends, aromas and conversations that go into the night.Jiko Wine Tastings: Every Wednesday, explore the South African wine regions as you taste unique wines paired with artisanal cheese.Whether you're seeking a decadent wine dinner or a vibrant accompaniment to your meal, Jiko offers wine options to suit your style.

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